Seattle as seen by historian Paul Dorpat
If we recall last week’s selection, which looked south on Eighth Avenue over Pike Street in the early 1920s, then we may here pivot and look north on the same afternoon. Here on the distant horizon are parts of Queen Anne and Capitol hills, left and right respectively, and between them Phinney Ridge and Wallingford beyond the hazy north shore of Lake Union.
Like last week’s subject, this one has landmarks on its horizon. Most are wooden churches serving the Cascade neighborhood, which quickly filled with homes for working families, many of them Scandinavians, during the city’s boom between 1890 and 1910. Five steeples are here: Farthest to the left is Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which was dedicated in 1901. The congregation with Swedish roots still holds that southeast corner of Ninth Avenue and Stewart Street. Directly behind it facing Terry Avenue are the German Lutherans and their Zion parish, which dates from 1896. In 1951 the congregation moved to Wallingford.
Three more steeples, left to right, belong to the Norwegian-Danish Methodists at Stewart and Boren; next, more Norwegians at Immanuel Lutheran (1912), and last, at Terry and Olive, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, with a tower that crowds the smokestack on the far right. Also on the horizon, nearly at the scene’s center, is the smaller stepped tower of Fire Station No. 15 at Minor and Virginia.
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The Astoria Hotel is in the left foreground, at Eighth and Pine. Across Eighth, Bernard Brin kept his Brin School for Popular Music for a few years. His rooftop sign reads, “Learn To Play in Ten to Twenty Lessons.”
“Washington Then and Now,” by Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard, can be purchased through www.washingtonthenandnow.com ($45).